Being Uncomfortable

Being uncomfortable isn’t always easy, but getting through it can result in change and growth. 

Imagine this: you’ve just walked into a large room of people you barely know. You’re going to be there for a while and desperately need to network and meet people. What is your response? Do you embrace the opportunity and begin to introduce yourself to strangers? Do you find one person you know and latch on to them? Or, do you become a wallflower in the corner?

Some of you may be cringing at the mere thought of this situation. We all have situations that make us feel uncomfortable. Let’s discuss this concept of being “uncomfortable.”

I’m not comfortable

I was on a call with a doctor discussing some changes that needed to be made. She reacted to these changes by saying, “I’m just not comfortable doing that!” I responded to her with a question, “Are you comfortable with the situation you are in right now?” Now, that may not have been the nicest question I could have asked, but boy did it get the point across!

You have got to get uncomfortable to grow. This concept is embedded in who we are as humans. If you only work out to your comfort level at the gym and then stop, you will never make positive changes to your body. As you make changes, it’s going to be uncomfortable – frankly, changing systems in your business sucks! But, is it worse than continuing to operate at the level you currently operate at? The level that caused you to seek change?


Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle, and beautiful in the end. I have had conversations with several patients who have told me they are uncomfortable in the gym because they feel that people are judging them or looking at them funny. This is a real-world example of what goes on in your brain when you’re faced with uncomfortable situations. You’ve got to embrace this feeling and fight against the internal and external resistance!

Recognize where you are uncomfortable. Odds are, this is the area of your life that requires the most change! Walt Disney said it best, “Jump off the cliff and grow wings on the way down!”

Understand that if the change isn’t life-threatening it is going to be okay. Understand that change is uncomfortable, but it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

Dr. Nathan UnruhDr. Nathan Unruh, CXO SIDECAR